By Staff

            HOPE – Last Saturday when the Little River volleyball team traveled to Hope where Rural Vista was hosting the Wheat State League Volleyball Tournament, they dominated the tournament and came home as the League Champions.

            With the five victories the Lady Redskins had in the tournament they are now 30-4 for the season and currently ranked number two in Class 1A Division I. Next up for the Little River spikers will be sub-state in Goessel on Saturday.

            At the Wheat State League Tournament, the Lady Redskins began with a dominating straight set win over Centre (25-5, 25-14) and followed that up with another pair of straight set wins over Goessel (25-18, 25-13) and tournament host Rural Vista (25-23, 25-8).

            In their fourth match of the day, Little River humbled Canton/Galva with a two-set domination, winning 25-9-25-9.

            Going up against Herington in the final match of the day, the Lady Redskins for the fifth time in the tournament took a straight set victory, winning 25-12, 25-17.

            “I am proud of the girls for finishing the season as not only regular season league champs, but also the league tournament champions,” noted Lady Redskin head coach Kim Rolf. “The girls are playing well right now as we head into the upcoming sub-state competition.”

            Kate Ellwood led the Little River offense by dishing out 56 assists on the day while Alaina Eck recorded 40 kills and 35 digs. Aubrey Olander made 11 blocks and Mea Debaere collected eight service aces.

            Other stat leaders for Little River at the Wheat State League Tournament were:

            Kills > Alaina Eck – 40; Aubrey Olander – 28; Ashley Stephenson – 25; Havana Olander – 13; Kami Grasser – 12; Lucy Wright – 5.

            Digs > Alaina Eck – 35; Mea DeBaere –  30.

            Blocks > Aubrey Olander – 11; Havana Olander – 7.

            Assists > Kate Ellwood – 56; Chenzi Debaere – 37.

            Service Aces > Mea Debaere – 8; Chenzi Debaere – 7; Kate Ellwood – 6.

            On the season, Aubrey Olander has recorded 89 blocks with Havana Olander having 68. Kami Grasser has made 50 service aces, Chenzi Debaere has passed out 399 assists and Alaina Eck recorded 279 kills to go with her 246 digs. Mea Debaere leads the Lady Redskins in digs with 286.     

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